By Kayla Godowa-Tufti
Photos by Erika Lincango
OAKRIDGE, Oregon (October 4, 2016) — Last weekend marked the first year of the Molalla Ancestral Run. On Saturday October 1st, members of the Chakgeenkni-Tufti band of Molalla Indians called for ceremony in response to the recent proposal to turn our ancient village site in to a gravel mine in Oakridge, Oregon.
During times of great burden it has been a tradition of our people to join together in ceremony and prayer. We are retracing an ancient route of our ancestors and honoring them in the process.
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